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5 amazing automotive technologies adapted to the real world

[Mar 15, 2022: Joseph Shavit, The Brighter Side of News]

The "Intelligent Parking Chair" is a unique chair that automatically moves to a set position. (CREDIT: Nissan)

Sometimes you just have to let your engineers play a little. That appears to be the mantra at Nissan as they attempt to humanize their automotive innovations by incorporating these advancements into cool, real world applications.

Below are 5 innovative examples of these technologies and how they will make life much easier outside of automotive sector.


The world's first automated 'Intelligent Parking Chair'

The "Intelligent Parking Chair" is a concept inspired by Nissan's intelligent park assist technology that allows drivers to easily park their vehicles using automatic steering.

The "Intelligent Parking Chair" is a unique chair that automatically moves to a set position. The chair includes a roller to automatically move 360 degrees paired with a system that indicates the target position. Four cameras placed on the room's ceiling generate a bird's-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chair's position and its route to destination.

With this innovation in office technology, businessmen are now freed from the troublesome task of arranging chairs, using this new technology already adopted in the European model X-Trail Hybrid and other Nissan vehicles around the world.


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An autonomous chair for people who can’t stand queuing

The latest in a series of innovations designed to bring the benefits of its Intelligent Mobility blueprint to the daily lives of customers. Following the success of the Intelligent Parking Chair, the newly-developed ProPILOT Chair negotiates queues on behalf of its occupant, sparing them the hassle of standing in line.

Named after the company’s flagship autonomous driving technology, the ProPILOT Chair detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and travelling along a set path.

The ProPILOT Chair appeals to anyone who has queued for hours outside a crowded restaurant: it eliminates the tedium and physical strain of standing in line.


Hotel guests get a kick out of "self-parking" slippers

Combining the ultimate in traditional hospitality with Nissan's autonomous driving technology, one Japanese inn is treating guests to some unusual amenities: self-parking slippers, tables and floor cushions.

At first glance, the ProPILOT Park Ryokan looks like any other traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. Slippers are neatly lined up at the foyer, where guests remove their shoes. Tatami rooms are furnished with low tables and floor cushions for sitting.

What sets this ryokan apart is that the slippers, tables and cushions are rigged with a special version of Nissan's ProPILOT Park autonomous parking technology. When not in use, they automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button.


The ProPILOT golf ball turns every driver into a pro

Nissan has taken the dreaded “putting nerves” out of golf with its latest innovative concept, the ProPILOT golf ball.

The ProPILOT golf ball supports golfers by following a predefined route to its goal. Players can feel confident that they will reach their target effortlessly on each putt. Using technology influenced by Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the company's vision for how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society – the ball navigates its way across the green and into the cup on the first putt, providing a stress-free golf experience.

An overhead camera detects the position of the ball and cup. When the ball is hit, a monitoring system calculates the correct route based on the ball's movement and adjusts its trajectory. Combining sensing technology with an internal electric motor, the ProPILOT golf ball stays on route until reaching the cup – making even novice golfers, of all ages, feel like pros.


Project e-4ORCE Ramen Counter

e-4ORCE is a twin-motor all-wheel control tech innovation delivering traceability and stability. Operating on a ramen counter top, the e-4ORCE Ramen Counter harnesses this advanced tech to deliver ramen directly to the customer, without spilling a drop!

e-4ORCE combines Nissan electrification technology with all-wheel control and chassis control. This greatly improves driving performance – steering and braking in particular.

The front and rear motors ensure vehicle stability and an exciting, comfortable drive for the driver and passengers.

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